Sunday, January 17, 2021

Houses Being Built!


I've started making these tiny houses from the Missouri Star Company - my local friends and I will be making and swapping them later this year. These are easy and fun - but it will take a LOT of them to make a quilt.

And here we go! These are my first houses for Color My World, the BOM this year for The Quilt Show. I finally realized I'm NOT going to receive the background fabric that is called for in the pattern. Apparently it's fabric from a few years ago and it's simple no longer available. I think I'm going to use the sunset fabric as seen above. It reminds me of the sunsets we often have here. And the background fabric is the sky, after all. So I think it will work. 

One reason I wanted to make this quilt is that it teaches paper piecing with freezer paper. No sewing through the paper!!!! You simply fold the paper and sew right beside the fold. I wish I'd learned this years ago. This will change forever the way I do paper piecing. 

I bought freezer paper that is precut to run through the printer - 8.5x11.  There is enough wax on the freezer paper to reuse a pattern pieces several times (look closely at the photo above and you'll see the paper has already been used a few times). Game changer!!!!  

I'm happy to report that my blood pressure is improving! I talked with my doctor a few weeks ago. She gave me one month to get more serious about it. Keep walking. Improve diet. NO SALT! So I immediately went back on Whole30, which I've done in the past a few times. And I don't add salt to anything. I've taken a break from bacon - full of sodium. I've also weaned myself from coffee. I know - that's a hard one. But now I don't miss it. I do have a cup of hot tea each morning.

The downside is I have to focus more on real cooking. I have to plan a bit more. Last night I made Greek Lemon Chicken   with potatoes and broccoli. It was very good! Tonight we'll have grilled salmon, baked sweet potatoes, and fresh collards. 

Getting more serious about my diet has done the trick with the BP. It's almost normal. I'm thrilled. It's nice to be able to control something in life when so many things seem out of control. 

Stay safe!


  1. A neighbor just gave me some lemons. I'll have to try that chicken recipe. And your houses are so cute! Blessings

  2. Love the sunset fabric and it seems perfect sky to me. How lovely all your blocks are.


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